The World According to Garp by John Irving

The story deals with the life of T. S. Garp. His mother, Jenny Fields, is a strong-willed nurse who wants a child but not a husband. She encounters a dying ball turret gunner known only as Technical Sergeant Garp who was reduced to a perpetually priapic mental vegetable by pieces of shrapnel that pierced his head. Jenny rapes Garp in his bedridden, uncomprehending, dying state to impregnate herself, and names the resultant son after him "T. S." (standing only for "Technical Sergeant"). Jenny raises young Garp alone, taking a position at an all-boys school.

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This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 18th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  2. - 34th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - 37th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  4. - 38th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  5. - Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) (Tidningen Boken)
  6. - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)
  7. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (USA))
  8. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The World According to Garp (Modern Library) Hardcover 177555 $11.42 $0.96 1998
The World According to Garp Audio CD 1684872 $264.89 $21.01 2005
The World According to Garp Mass Market Paperback 1898310 $1.24 2
Garp Und Wie Er Die Welt Sah (German Edition) Paperback 5858482 $6.99 $1.93 1998
The World According to Garp By John Irving Hardcover 1180670 $95.00 $17.95 1978
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The World According to Garp (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback 293393 $5.87 $0.01 1997
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El Mundo Segun Garp / The World According to Garp (Spanish Edition) Paperback 11470468 $24.94 $13.99
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El Mundo Segun Garp / The World According to Garp (Spanish Edition) Paperback 4381534 $74.88 $15.00 2002
The World According to Garp (Chinese Edition) Paperback 11483372 $465.51 $202.00 2008
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